Bangalore, also known as Bengaluru, is often referred to as the ‘Garden City’ because of the numerous parks and gardens that dot the localities of the city. It is also considered as a major information technology (IT) hub of the country and thus called the ‘Silicon Valley of India’. Kempe Gowda, a feudal ruler affiliated to the Vijayanagara kingdom, first established a mud fort, which turned out to be the foundation of the present day city. The city passed through a myriad of rulers ranging from the Marathas, Mughals and Mysore rulers before becoming a part of independent India.
Budget Hotels in Bangalore
There are a couple of good budget hotels in the city. Some of the options which are worth a try are Suntrupthi Residency (Tariff – Rs. 950), Citizen Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 850), The Royal Nest (Tariff – Rs. 900), Vijaya Residency (Tariff – Rs. 900) and others.
The official language of Bangalore is Kannada. Hindi, English, Telugu and Tamil are also understood and widely spoken.
Events in Bangalore
The important festivals of the area are Pongal in January, Karaga in April, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Easter and Christmas.
Places to See in Bangalore
Some of the places worth trying out in Bangalore are Bangalore Palace, Lal Bagh, Cubbon Park, Bannerghatta National Park,Vidhana Soudha, Seshadari Iyer Memorial, Tipu Sultan’s Palace, Bull Temple, ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Meenakshi Sundaram Temple, Holy Trinity Church and St. Mary’s Basilica. Wonderla Amusement Park at a distance of 28 km is popular with youngsters and children looking for a break on weekends.
How to Get There
The nearest airport is the Kempegowda International Airport at a distance of 36 km.
Bangalore City Junction Railway Station is the major railway station in the city.
There is bus service running from almost everywhere in south India to Bangalore city. State transport buses as well as private operators ply their buses to and fro the city. SRS Travels, Kallada Travels and SRM, Travels are some of the major operators in the city as well as the region. Do away with standing in ticket counters and opt for online bus reservation facility instead.
A small town in Palakkad district of Kerala, Alathur is located about 285 Kms away from capital city of Thiruvananthapuram. This town consist of 111 Villages and 9 Panchayats. It is well connected with roads as this town is situated along the Coimbatore-Cochin national highway NH 47.
Places to Stay
There are good budget hotels in Alathur. Some of them are Hotel Central Avenue (Tariff – Rs1.500), Pranav Beach Resort (Tariff – Rs.1,000), Royal Omars Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1000) and Hotel Sky Pearl (Tariff –1000).
The official language of Alathur is Malayalam .
The Important Festivals of Alathur is Maha Shivratri (February).
Places to Visit
There are several places of tourist attraction in Alathur. Some of the places include Parakkattu Kavu (4 kms from Alathur) 50 Feet Sreekovil(8 kms from Alathur) Mala Alathur (10 kms from Alathur), Balikkallu(11 kms from Alathur), Sree Hanuman(6 kms from Alathur) and Sopanam(6 kms from Alathur),
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Alathur is the Cochin International Airport. It is about 86 kms from this town.
There is no railway station in Alathur Taluk. The nearest railway station is the Palakkad Rail Way Statio. It is about 22 kms away from this place.
There are regular buses available from Alathur to other major destinations of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers are Kallada Travels, Abi & Abi Express Travels and Sudha Travels-MSP Bus. There are quite a few online bus booking sites from where you can book your tickets to anywhere in India.